Thousands audition downtown for final season of American Idol

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 25, 2015) - 6,000 people braved severe weather and long lines, waiting for their chance to audition for the last season of American Idol.

The auditions were held on Georgia Street. They were moved inside the Omni Hotel after severe weather hit the area.

Many contestants camped out overnight. American Idol team members tell FOX59, the first contestants started lining up at 10:00 p.m. Wednesday. The last contestants were seen through 5:00 p.m. Thursday.

Singers traveled from across the nation, and for many of them it was their first time auditioning.

Tori Bullock made the five hour drive from Kentucky. She just turned 15 this year. That means it's the first time she was able to audition.

“I feel pretty confident in myself because I’ve worked so hard," said Bullock.

Indianapolis Resident Ronlad Tunstill has had experience auditioning for Idol.

“A few years ago, I didn’t even make it past the first round, but I plan to make it all the way this time," he said.

For some singers, talent runs in the family. Khadijah Jones, of Indianapolis, was nervous for her first and last time auditioning.

“My mom, when she was younger, she took technique classes and she also sings opera. My dad is a music producer and plays the guitar," Jones said.

Music is in the blood of Bloomington resident Robbie Rylan. He said he just hopes to make it through the competition as far as he can.

“My dad was a guitar player in a band in the 1980s in Los Angeles, and he kinda raised me up on old rock and roll," he said.

Many sacrificed a lot to audition on Thursday, including one Hoosier hero.

Navy Veteran Joshua Hazlewood is auditioning for the first time. That's because he spent the last few years overseas.

“I spent 5 years in the military and with a couple deployments, I was unable to get to some of the locations that American Idol was at," Hazlewood said.

He was able to take today off work at his internship on Crane Naval Base.  He braved the fight for our country, but was nervous about this opportunity of a lifetime.

“There’s a lot of good people in line here, so I’m hoping maybe I get a chance," he said.

Find out if your favorite singers made the cut on FOX59 during the final season of American Idol. And catch a sneak peak of some of the talent in line today here.